URGENT ¥¥¥ Maduro sworn in as Venezuelan acting president

Hugo Chavez's handpicked successor, Nicolas Maduro, was sworn in as acting president of Venezuela late Friday in a disputed inauguration boycotted by the main opposition group.

"I swear in the name of absolute loyalty to comandante Hugo Chavez that we will obey and defend this Bolivarian Constitution with the hard hand of the free people," Maduro said in a ceremony at the National Assembly.